Category Archives: calls for art

Window Installation Opportunity in A2

mike-sivak-aquariumSorry for the rather poor quality of this photo, but I took this picture on my phone while walking around in downtown Ann Arbor.  This is an installation by talented A2 artist Mike Sivak whose beautifully crafted artworks often refer to devotional objects such as reliquaries and altars, all in the service of his reverence for art.

This installation is part of an ongoing program of  Ann Arbor Art Center which selects  artworks to appear in the “Aquarium” microgallery on Ashley Street near Liberty, adding some much-needed visual liveliness to an otherwise featureless  city block. The space is 8′ x 8′ x 2.5′

To quote the accompanying wall copy:

The Aquarium is a microgallery that hosts ten exhibitions annually.  The mission of the Aquarium is to showcase the work of regional artists working with alternative media such as installation, moving image and performance.  Artists are invited to fill the gallery in its entirety with a work of art that is unconventional and fun.

The Art Center is currently accepting proposals.   For more information about making a proposal for the Aquarium Gallery: http://www.annarborartcenter.org/exhibitions/galleries/

I noticed that the windows project is funded by an organization called the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation which I had never heard of.  Upon a little investigation I found out that this group provides mini grants to support the “creation of awesomeness in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area”  Their recent grants, in addition to the Aquarium project, include funding a mural on the Dos Hermanos Market in Ypsilanti. They have also recently funded projects by Bike A2 and Abundant Michigan Permaculture Ypsilanti. For more:  http://a2awesome.org/

Call For Artists/Curators Pop X Ann Arbor

POP X is a new public art program that combines art exhibitions and events in purpose-built architectural pavilions.  Sponsors include the Ann Arbor Art Center, the University of Michigan School of Architecture and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. Ten spaces are available to an artist or a group of artists during this  cultural festival, to be held October 15-24, 2015.

According to the recent Ann Arbor Art Center press release:

“Artists and curators are invited to present concepts for exhibitions inside of 100 square foot pavilions that form the core place-making and presentation vehicles for the inaugural  POP X Festival in Ann Arbor’s downtown Liberty Plaza”

Pop X is open to all artists, but is probably most suitable for work that involves performance and/or installation.  There is a $35 entry fee, and the deadline for proposals is April 26th. For more information and a prospectus go to:

http://bit.ly/1xpMysY

 

Call for Entry Ann Arbor Art Center Extended

The Ann Arbor Art Center is redesigning and and re-thinking its programs for professional fine artists.  This exhibition might be worth applying for.

Entries Submission Deadline EXTENDED: Sunday, March 15

The Art Now Series is an expansion of The Print. This Annual Series creates focus on other media as well as printmaking. We are pleased to present this year’s exhibit which features innovative work in PAINTING. Cash prizes are totaling more than $700 being awarded.

Juror: Peter Williams (http://goo.gl/b8FfXo)

Eligibility: Artists nationwide may submit a maximum of three entries. For this exhibit painting can be interpreted widely. Artists working with new genres such as installation, digital process, or collage are welcome to apply, as well as artists who work with traditional paint medium. Entries must incorporate paint in some capacity. All work should be created within the last two years. Works submitted must have not been previously shown in any competition at the Ann Arbor Art Center.

For more information, prospectus & application form please click here:http://ow.ly/HcJox

Call for Art in Detroit

For artists who are interested in finding out more about art in Detroit and possibly exhibiting there, here is a great opportunity: Hatch Art has just issued a call for entries to  Hatchback, an annual juried group show. The juror is Chido Johnson, Associate Professor at the College for Creative Studies and there is no fee. Hatch is a well respected non-profit gallery and studio space. Like most Detroit art venues, the gallery is open for limited hours but it is clean, well-lit, professionally run, and has a strong following within the city’s arts community. The deadline for entry is March 3.

I showed my work at Hatchback 8 last year, and it resulted in an invitation to show more extensively in TABLEAU: Hardin, Letts, Schaedig, currently on view until February 28.  The gallery is open this Saturday 1-6 and I will be on hand if anyone wants to come and scope it out.

For more information and to apply, go to: http://www.hatchart.org/hatchback